Many of us remember our teachers or college professors. It's a hard job standing up in front of large groups of young people everyday, who may not want to be there, and keep them interested! I can guess that one of the reasons the teacher or professor put you to sleep is because he was boring! If I asked you to describe "boring" in detail, what would you say? What makes a public speaker boring?
In this case, let's specifically look at someone's non-verbal behavior. The presenter can have the best written speech, have spoken eloquently and even given plenty of visual aids, but what if that person did any of the following:
|Use your arms to add interest and draw|
your listeners into your message.
- Stood stiff as a board
- Never moved their arms
- Did not walk around
- Moved around too much
- Was jumpy or jittery
While a lack of movement can cause us to feel sleepy or loose interest, too much movement can be distracting or irritating. A balance between the two is ideal.
Take note that it does take practice. I'd suggest practicing presentations in front of peers or with a video camera handy to get good feedback and adjust accordingly. While analyzing your performance, ask yourself,
- Do I look open or closed to the audience?
- Do I look as if I am interested to be there?
- Will the audience find me interesting or boring?
- Do I have the traits of interesting speakers or boring speakers?
- What are my strengths? How will I overcome my challenges?
There are natural ways to use your arms in a presentation, as shown in the video below. (This video is not made by Jennifer Kumar or Authentic Journeys.)
This second video showcases a speaker I think uses his arms effectively in a presentation. Please watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments critiquing his arm movements.*
Thank you for spending time on this blog.Thank you for spending time on this blog. Jennifer Kumar is a corporate communication coach for IT professionals working with Americans based in Kochi, India. Feel free to contact her for more information about individual and small group coaching sessions today.